Atelier, Bridal Wear, Couture, Dresses, Evening Gown

It’s National Sewing Month – Enjoy a Free Evening Gown Sewing Lesson at Hancock Fabrics !


It’s that time of year again when I start thinking ahead towards the holidays that are just a couple weeks away. The store is already bustling with busy shoppers gathering up goodies for holiday gifts and purchasing fabric for holiday dresses. My assignment this weekend is to create a beautiful evening gown ensemble using the the corset pattern from Kwik Sew. I’ll create the corselette first and then drape the gown to make the finished product. The fabrics that I have selected are all BFF from Hancock Fabrics. The gown construction will be part of a free sewing lesson this Saturday at Hancock Fabrics, Carmel, Indiana. To reserve a seat please call the store at 317-571-9594.

To make the evening gown  I have selected beaded galloon lace and stretch satin for the corselette and underlining the skirt. The cape will be made from shirred panne velvet using a technique I found in The Best of Threads: Embellishments magazine this summer. The quilted lining, shown above, will help ward off the winter chills.

Finally to complete the ensemble display, I plan to add this black, beaded handle, evening clutch that I made at an in-store lesson for Mother’s Day:

Holiday Beaded Handle Clutch Purse
Holiday Beaded Handle Clutch Purse

Photos of the finished gown and cape will be posted next week!

Happy Sewing!


Couture Lace Neckline Video Tutorial

I am very new to blogging and video so am a little slow with both but I finally finished all three segments for making a Couture Lace Neckline with machine embroidery. The technique simultaneously finishes the neckline and adds the lace.

Lace collars have been made separately and attached for centuries  to save time, money but I have always wished to find a way to make the whole thing in one step with the lace. Thus the collar is created to match the blouse instead of merely made to spec and dyed to match (DTM) thereafter, as we did it in the industry during my time. This is the method that I developed in my little workroom and while I think I can still tweak it a bit, I am really happy that each section matched well with the one before.

Here is the video series

It’s taken three weeks just to do the collar. I am doing tiny pleats at the cuff so it will take some time before the blouse is finished but it will worth it.

Sewing and Embroidery

Couture Lace Neckline

From the video I loaded this morning you can see that I managed to get some interfacing on the right side of the fabric when ironing the darts. A simple enough fix. I have prepared the front and back of the garment together with the sleeves so I am ready to get started on the lace.

Big deep breath. I have been sewing since I was eight. I can do this.

Seriously, it’s not that it is so difficult. Well, actually it is so rather than try to describe it, I will post a video showing how to do a machine lace neckline. This is something that I taught myself and I consider it to be a couture technique although it is done by machine. The end result, if I succeed will be a delicate, feminine lace collar that both finishes the neckline and adds the lace. Unlike using a zig-zag stitch to attach store bought lace, this couture technique embroiders the lace as one with the garment providing a much more beautiful finish.